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Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Aristotle's maxim holds especially true when it comes to scientific research - where the diversity of disciplines adds so much more to forge the gigantic whole. And collaborations are key to the multi-disciplinary approaches that have fostered many contemporary science successes today. Now, after nearly ten years of ongoing collaborations between NCBS and the RIKEN Kobe Institute in Japan, the Bangalore Bio-Cluster comprising NCBS, inStem and C-CAMP has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with RIKEN Japan. The MoU will strengthen ongoing collaborations, now extending to all RIKEN institutes across Japan, promote graduate and post-doctoral exchange programs between the organizations involved and potentially also set up a new research center in the premises of the Bangalore Bio-Cluster.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

With a melange of art, science and hacking, HackteriaLab 2013 is beginning today at NCBS. No, not the kind of computer hacking that comes first to our minds when we hear that word.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
NCBS doctoral student Yadugiri V.T. won second place for the Best Student Presentation at the International Conference on Mycorrhiza (ICOM7) that just concluded in New Delhi on 11th January 2013.
Friday, January 18th, 2013

Alternative healing systems have always been part of Indian tradition: from local medicine men to the vaidyas or physicians of the more classical unani and ayurveda. The popularity of these remedies took a beating with the advent of allopathic medicine. But traditional medical systems are coming to the fore once again and enjoying renewed interest.

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013


One of the most important events on NCBS's calendar, this year's Annual Meeting will be held from the 3rd to 5th January 2013. Over the three days, fourteen of NCBS's principal investigators will speak about their recent work, focusing on different aspects of "Control in Biological Systems" - the theme for this year's talks. All seminars will be held at Dasheri (the NCBS Auditorium) in the new Southern Laboratories complex within the NCBS campus. The event also involves afternoon poster sessions where NCBS's research scholars will throw light upon their recent projects at the institute. The poster sessions will be dispersed between talks on all days.
Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The fastest carnivorous plant: a small aquatic species belonging to the bladderwort genus now holds that distinction. Scientists at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) filmed Utricularia stellaris trapping its prey and found that it was the fastest ever recorded for a carnivorous plant. The finding reaffirms that even organisms without muscle and nervous systems can evolve mechanisms that make them fast enough to outsmart prey with advanced sensorimotor capacities.

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Bacteria: one of the most abundant and well-studied organisms. But a finding published in Nature Communications today makes one wonder: do we really know them that well? Despite bacteria being the focus of profuse research, scientists have only now discovered an entirely new form of gene regulation in the bacterium Escherichia coli. The discovery of this new system provides valuable information on bacteria which are often used as model systems to study topics ranging from cell functioning to human diseases.

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The Science Journalism Course is back at NCBS, now accepting applications for its 2012 batch. But what was it like to be part of the first course held in 2011? What are its alumni doing now? That's something this year's prospective participants will be curious to know.

Monday, May 21st, 2012
The most widely distributed wild bird in the world is having a tough time.


Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The Royal Society elected NCBS director K. VijayRaghavan a Fellow of the Society on 19th April 2012. Out of six scientists of Indian origin elected as Fellows this year, VijayRaghavan is the only one based in India.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) has awarded two International Human Frontier Science Research Grants to NCBS faculty, Satjayit Major and Sanjay Sane. They are among the 86 scientists to receive the program's research grants this year.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Just as banks store away only the most valuable possessions in the most secure safes, cells could also be prioritising which genes to guard most closely. A study published yesterday in Nature shows that bacteria have evolved mechanisms that protect important genes from random mutation, effectively reducing the risk of self-destruction. The study answers a question that has been debated for half a century and could provide insights into how mutations that cause diseases including cancers, arise.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The Nikon Small World Competition 2012 is now open and invites participants to upload photographs online. Videos pertaining to the theme "Small World in Motion" are also invited for the Small World in Motion Competition 2012. The deadline for both competitions closes on 30th April 2012.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Scientists studying Alzheimer's, amyloidosis or similar diseases caused by malformed proteins won't have to sift through pages of literature anymore. Searching for information including the structures of proteins involved in diseases like these is now easy, thanks to 3DSwap, an online database developed by a team of researchers at NCBS. 3DSwap is a freely-accessible database of proteins recorded in diseases caused due to protein malformation.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Upinder Singh, professor at the University of Delhi's Department of History, was at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) on 15th February 2012 to talk about her ongoing studies of violence in ancient India. In a second talk on 16th February, hosted at Bangalore's National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), she focused on how ancient relics, inscriptions and sculptures deepen our understanding of religion in ancient India. Both talks were hosted by NCBS as part of the Science and Society program.

Monday, February 13th, 2012

In the world of research, questions are the crux. What questions should scientists ask and which are the most pertinent?Nowhere is this more crucial than in medical research. While lab-based scientists will find many questions intrinsically interesting, a sense of what is most important can only come from interacting with people who deal with medical conditions. Doctors, for instance.

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have announced their first International Early Career Scientist Awards and Sandhya P. Koushika is one of the 28 recipients. She is the only awardee based in India.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

NCBS alumni Ganesan Pugalenthi is getting plaudits for his work on bioinformatics algorithms, softwares and tools. He won the 2011 Bioclues Innovation, Research and Development (BIRD) Award, which is given every year for outstanding contributions in the field of functional genomics and bioinformatics by Bioclues, a non-profit virtual organisation "for, by and of" Indian bioinformaticians. The award ceremony was held on 23rd December 2011 at the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad.

Friday, January 6th, 2012


NCBS installed a symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) cluster, the largest of its kind in India, on 28th December 2011. SMP clusters are used for high-performance computing, where calculations are carried out in parallel. The system at NCBS is a Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) Ultra Violet (UV) 1000 SMP cluster.

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Talks during the 2-day program, "Genes to Olfaction: 60 years in Science" beginning on 2nd January 2012 will be videostreamed in real time on the NCBS website. These videos can be viewed by both internal (NCBS) and external users. The detailed schedule of the program - speakers, topics and times - is available here.

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